Mechanical voice system and its singing performance

Hideyuki Sawada, Mitsuhiro Nakamura, Toshio Higashimoto

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Abstract

A mechanical model of the human vocal system is I being developed based on a mechatronics technology under a feedback control. While various ways of vocal sound production have been actively studied so far, a mechanical construction of the vocal system is considered to advantageously realize natural vocalization with its fluid dynamics. Motors are employed for the manipulation of the mechanical system. The system is able to adaptively learn the relations between motor control parameters and the produced vocal sounds using an auditory feedback with neural networks, by mimicking a human vocalization. This paper presents the construction of a talking robot and its singing performance, together with the adaptive control for the pitch learning. The talking robot generates vowel and consonant sounds of different pitches by dynamically controlling the vocal cords, vocal tract and nasal cavity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2004 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Pages1920-1925
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
Event2004 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) - Sendai, Japan
Duration: 2004 Sep 282004 Oct 2

Publication series

Name2004 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Volume2

Conference

Conference2004 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
CountryJapan
CitySendai
Period04/9/2804/10/2

Keywords

  • Amatory feedback
  • Human vocal system
  • Singing performance
  • Talking robot
  • Vocal cords

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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